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'Wed, 09 May 2012

My metal brothers and sisters!

As some of you know, we are going to record a new DVD later this summer in the ancient Kourion Theater in Limassol, Cyprus.

As I said in a recent post, the decision of which city around the world to film a show was not an easy one, considering all the great responses we received on these last 2 legs of the world tour.  But in the end, the atmosphere in Cyprus was so electric and intense that we felt this was the obvious choice this time around.

Well, not only are the crowds in Cyprus amazing, but you can see what an awesome and intimate atmosphere we will be recording in by following the link below.

This theater has been around for thousands of years and has been witness to the Greek, Roman and Byzantine Empires.  This will be a truly spectacular place to film, and the boys and I can’t wait to make it happen.  We have a hell of a set list and show planned that will span the entire Iced Earth catalog!

I urge any fans around the world, that have the means to travel, to get their tickets soon and join us on August 19th, 2012, in the beautiful and historic country of Cyprus, for an event that will surely be one of the highlights of Iced Earth’s history.

Here’s the link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys4eXICSoEU

Best to you all, and see you on the road soon!

Jon Schaffer

'Sat, 21 Apr 2012

Hello gang!

Just wanted to write a thank you to all the fans on the last leg of the tour.  You guys were amazing every single night, no matter where in the world we were.  It was a truly special run, and one that will remain high in my memories for years to come.

We will start song writing in the Fall this year and will continue that, and the subsequent production for the new album, in between and around upcoming tour plans for the remainder of 2012-2013.  Busy, focused, and energizing times lie ahead, but we are stoked and ready!  Count on it!

I'm currently in South America, hanging with friends, and taking care of some personal business  here. Home sweet home is just around the corner, and I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed! AHHHHH!!!!

I'd also like to say good luck to Freddie Vidales, we had a lot of fun through the years and I wish him all the best for his future.  We totally understand his decision and support it 100%. 
Best to you brother!

Until next time, thank you once again... take care, and I wish you all the very best life has to offer!

Jon Schaffer

'Wed, 18 Apr 2012

Hello brothers and sisters!

It is my honor to share some great news with you.  Iced Earth will be supporting VOLBEAT on a North American tour starting on June 18, 2012. The bill is rounded off by HELLYEAH!

Tour Dates

I’m completely stoked, VOLBEAT is one of my all-time favorite bands, and Michael and the boys are great people.  There is a lot of mutual respect and admiration, and I think we are in for a hell of a good time!  This will be a package that won’t soon be forgotten, I’m sure of that.

I want to thank VOLBEAT for the invitation, and I look forward to many years of laying down the metal as both bands continue to grow and reach new audiences around the world.

We will see you on the road soon!

Forever the rebel,

Jon Schaffer

'Tue, 10 Apr 2012

US-metal powerhouse ICED EARTH, currently in China for the first time with shows in Shanghai and Beijing this week, are adding on more shows to their massive WORLD DYSTOPIA TOUR.

The show in Bangalore, India on June 16th is a first visit to India for the band and the show on August 19th in Limassol marks a much-clamored return to Cyprus, only 8 months after their last show there. The show is being filmed and recorded for an upcoming DVD/CD release.

"The decision of where to do the next IE live album and DVD was not an easy one.  We have experienced so many amazing audiences around the world that we really wish we could film them all.  However, the electricity and atmosphere of the first show in Cyprus was so killer that we are convinced this is the best place to do our next DVD.  Who knows what the future holds? There will be many more albums and touring cycles...your city may be next!", says Jon Schaffer

Full show details as follows:

June 16, 2012



Bangalore Open Air


August 19, 2012





In other news, bass player Freddie Vidales has announced he will leave the band after the Chinese shows this April. Due to the bands massive touring commitments there was immediate need for a replacement and Luke Appleton (of Fury UK, with whom ICED EARTH toured in Europe last winter) has stepped up to the plate and will be joining the tour in time for the show in India.

'Thu, 01 Mar 2012

Mark your calendars. Fans in Sweden...get ready! Iced Earth has just been confirmed to play the Kalaset Festival!

Date: August 4, 2012
Place: Sweden
City: Lulea
Festival: Kalaset Festival

More information will be announced on our Tour page when it becomes available.

'Sun, 26 Feb 2012

Ready or not...

In this installment, you get to watch Iced Earth hang out with Symphony X, Into Eternity, and of course each other everywhere from a bowling alley (?) to partying in Vegas to a Russian attack sub (!) built in 1972. It doesn't get any better than this. THANK YOU, Freddie! Well done.

'Wed, 22 Feb 2012

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our March 3 show at The House Of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL has been moved to a new venue.

The show is now happening at THE BEACHAM, Orlando, FL.


All original tickets remain valid.

Please note earlier doors and stage times - details can be found on the venue website.

Iced Earth is closing the show that night.

We understand if this upsets some fans. We are also not happy about this unfortunate change in plans.

'Tue, 21 Feb 2012

Fans in Sweden and Germany...get ready! Iced Earth just booked two more festival dates and will be there in August!

Summer Breeze Festival
Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
August 16, 2012

Pre-sale tickets are available here.

Rockstad Festival
Falun, Sweden
August 17, 2012

Pre-sale tickets are available here.

Check back to our Tour page for updates as more festivals are confirmed and announced in the weeks ahead.

'Wed, 15 Feb 2012

Fans in Ireland, Scotland, and Belgium...get ready! We're coming!

See our Tour page for the growing list of summer festival dates. Return often, because we'll be adding more in the weeks ahead.

'Tue, 07 Feb 2012

Go behind the scenes with Freddie Vidales in the first installment of his now-famous Road Report series.

Webisode #1 covers the first few dates on the North American leg of Iced Earth's World Dystopia Tour. Enjoy!